Healthy Hydration: The Importance of Water

Written by

Deborah Freudenmann BHSc

With over 60% of our body made up of water, staying hydrated with clean, fresh H20 is a high priority! Still, many people don’t drink the recommended amount of water (or have a healthy source of water) each day. Unfortunately, many water sources contain hidden toxins that can be detrimental to our health. Here we’ll dive deeper into the importance of water, key factors to consider, and how we can make smarter choices when it comes to staying healthy and hydrated.

Hidden Toxins: Choosing the Right Water Source

Hydration is essential for health and a necessary self-care habit for everyone. But not all water is the same. Unfortunately, many water sources contain hidden toxins that can be detrimental to our health.

Here are a few of the common toxins that have been found in conventional water sources:

  • Chlorine – Drinking chlorinated water can lead to cell damage and respiratory issues. The long term effects of chlorinated drinking water have just recently being recognized. According to the U.S. Council Of Environmental Quality, “Cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine.”
  • Fluoride – Fluoride has been added to drinking water in many areas to protect the teeth against cavities. With that being said the National Research Council (2006) said, “it is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain.” In a review of the literature commissioned by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fluoride has been listed among about 100 chemicals for which there is “substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.”
  • Trihalomethanes – Trihalomethanes are formed as a result of chlorination and other disinfection practices and have been linked to increased rates of bladder cancer.
  • Aluminium – Aluminium in the water supply has been linked to health issues for those on dialysis as well as a link to dementia.
  • Lead – Lead can leach into the water supply from pipes and can cause a range of health issues. Children are at a greater risk than adults. Lead toxicity can lead to brain damage, impaired hearing, decreased growth, damage to the kidneys and bone marrow, cancers, nervous system and blood cell disorders. Symptoms such as headache, poor attention spam, irritability, loss of memory and dullness are the early symptoms of the effects of lead exposure on the central nervous system.
  • Arsenic and Chromium– Several epidemiological studies have reported a strong association between arsenic exposure and increased risks of both carcinogenic and systemic health effects. Arsenic exposure affects virtually all organ systems including the cardiovascular, dermatologic, nervous, hepatobilliary, renal, gastro-intestinal, and respiratory systems. Chromium-6 is also found in drinking water and can be carcinogenic.
  • Pesticides and Nitrates– Pesticides run off from conventional farming practices and leach into our water supply. With regular exposure these can cause health issues.
    Pesticides are known to be mutagenic which cause DNA damage impacting fertility and contributing to leaky gut, inflammation, cancer…
  • Hormones – Hormones like estrogen have been found in water sources and can effect both our drinking water and the natural marine wildlife. Weight gain has been linked to rising estrogen levels and long-term exposure of estrogen in water. One health concern of the chronic consumption of this hormone is that it can affect the sexual development of pre-pubescent teenagers. 
  • OTC and pharmaceutical drugs – Like hormones, potentially harmful OTC and pharmaceutical drugs have been found in drinking water.

Why is Water So Important?

Water is crucial for life. From our structure to our function, water is needed to help us maintain our health and prevent disease.

Structure

Water helps our cells, tissues, and organs maintain their structure and form. Without enough water, these tissues begin to wither. We can see the damaging effects of dehydration at the cellular level, where this weakened structure leads to issues with cell barriers and even DNA.

Chemical reactions 

Water is involved in essential chemical reactions throughout the body. Without proper hydration, our bodies cannot carry out necessary functions. Additionally, water helps to balance extreme acids and bases and maintains our homeostasis.

Homeostasis

Water helps the body maintain homeostasis by regulating our temperature, maintaining proper electrolyte and hormone balance, and managing metabolism and waste removal.

The Benefits of Hydration

There are many reasons why we need to stay hydrated. From simple cellular processes to major body functions, water is integral each step of the way. Here are just a few of the reasons staying hydrated keeps us healthy:

  • Brain function and energy.
    To function properly, stay focused, and learn, the brain needs adequate water. It has been shown that dehydration leads to fatigue, attention loss, and poor memory.
  • Mood balance
    Studies show that those with excess fluid loss experience mood imbalances as well as other health concerns.
  • Physical performance
    Water is required for our muscles, bones, and joints to perform at their optimal levels. Dehydration can lead to reduced strength, power, and endurance.
  • Digestive health
    The digestive tract needs adequate water to fully process and extract nutrients from food, as well as successfully eliminate waste. Staying hydrated helps to prevent issues like bloating, abdominal pain, and constipation.
  • Pain management
    Staying hydrated both helps us prevent dehydration issues like headaches and improve our chances of managing other pain concerns.

What is Dehydration?

When our bodies don’t get the amount of water they need to fully nourish and hydrate each cells, we suffer from dehydration. This lack of water can happen by either not taking in enough water in the first place, or through a loss of fluids through too much sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Dehydration – even when mild – can severely impact the body’s systems ability to function. From mild issues like dry skin or constipation to severe issues like heart arrythmias and shock, the results of dehydration are widely varied.

How much water do we need daily?

Each day, we lose water as our body undergoes its normal processes. Urination is an obvious example, but we also lose water through sweating, breathing, bowel movements. 

The most popular recommendation is the 8×8 or 8×10 rule for women and men respectively (8-10 cups 8oz each). But as people, we vary widely in size, activity level, and other factors that contribute to our daily water needs and losses. Different activities may even change our water needs from day to day. So, when determining how much water you need to stay hydrated, consider this:

  • Where do you live? If you live in a hot, humid, dry, or high-altitude area, your body may require more water to replace lost fluids and function well.
  • What season is it? Depending on the time of year, you may experience more heat, sweating, or activity than other times. Adjust your water intake appropriately.
  • How active are you? If you live an active life, your body will need more water to replenish your cells and tissues.
  • What do you eat? Are you an avid coffee drinker? You’ll likely lose more fluids than if you drink non-caffeinated beverages. Do you eat lots of spicy or salty foods? You will need more water for the body to process these and maintain balance. Are you eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, or mainly dry foods? A diet rich in foods with high water content (like apples or cucumbers) will provide more dietary water than a diet of breads and chips. If you eat more of the latter, increase your water intake and include more fresh foods.
  • What is your general state of health? If you are suffering from an illness (especially a cold, flu, fever, infection, vomiting, or diarrhea), you will lose more fluids and therefore need to drink more water to recover. Those with some chronic conditions, like diabetes, will also need to drink more water to stay hydrated.
  • Are you pregnant or breastfeeding? During pregnancy and the post-partum period, the body needs extra water to stay hydrated and provide nourishment for both mother and child.

Thankfully, there are many ways to source safe, toxin-free, delicious drinking water.

The simple solution? Clean, filtered water.

Our recommendation 

Over the years we’ve tried out many different water systems from under sink reverse osmosis to charcoal filters… you name it, we’ve tried it. We’ve always tested out our filtration systems for a few months to test durability, taste after several months use, ease and convenience among other important features. Ultimately our search has led us to Waters Co. They are a beautiful company with incredible ethics! Not to mention the low cost compared to many other systems out there. 

It’s amazing how little you drink when the water isn’t good. One of our previous filters tasted great at the beginning but eeeek that changed just half a year later and our water intake dropped. 

The difference in taste and quality from Waters Co. is second to none. Not only do we drink far more than previously but also you genuinely feel refreshed and energised. 

Waters Co. has been making highly effective filtration systems to provide US citizens and Australians with pure, alkaline, living water for over 30 years. 

Because we absolutely LOVE this water filter more than anything, we contacted the company and negotiated a little discount for you. Enter this code: THEALMX7K91 during checkout and get a 5% discount on all products. It’s our little Christmas gift to you or a loved one. 

The Waters Co. filters turn ordinary tap water into great tasting, alkalised, energised, magnetised and ionised mineral water.

So… what makes this water filter so special? 

Here are some of the key features! 

Apart from filtering out up to 99% of: Sediment, rust, bacteria, cysts, chlorine, chemicals, heavy metals, fluoride, unpleasant odours and being BPA, BPB, BPS free construction! 

Natural alkaline mineral water

The filter has a bio mineral pot, adding over 60 bio organic minerals including calcium, magnesium and all important silica. 
Ideally drinking water should be close to our bloods natural pH of around 7.36 our filters systems and the minerals added are mildly alkalising to the body and our filtered water typically has a pH of around 7.6 – 8.2
The 60 plus minerals added are critical to our body's cellular health, functioning of vital organs and muscles.

This filter is an eco friendly alternative 

Store-bought bottled water isn’t just expensive. It contributes to the consumption of tonnes of environmentally un-friendly plastic waste made from non-renewable fossil fuel resources. 
With the Bench top filters you can fill a water bottle at home before leaving for the day, which makes it easy to drink fresh alkaline water anywhere – without wasting your money or the planet’s resources in the process.

Activated water / far infrared ray: 

Waters Co mineral pots feature far infrared Ceramics, which are made from a mixture of various metals and non-metal elements that have been treated at a temperature of between 900º-1300ºC. In the resulting ceramic, Ki (Chi or life energy) is generated, which is absorbed and stored in water. Drinking water is thus synonymous to drinking Ki.

Negative ion (Anion) water

Far infrared also creates negative ions (anions) that are hugely beneficial to our health & wellbeing. There are more than 1500-2000 particle anions/cm3 (Negative Ions) in the WATERS Bio Mineral Pot water purifier systems. In cells, anions combine ions with active acids, which reduces the generation of toxic active acids.

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You get a 5% discount on all products. It’s our little Christmas gift to you or a loved one. Valid through to Dec 31 on both AUSTRALIA & USA sites.
 

Drink to Your Health: Hydrate the Healthy Way

Staying hydrated is one of the simplest, most important habits you can do each day. Our bodies not only crave clean, pure water – they rely upon it. 

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